When Spring Comes Late
An Allium and Its Ancestors
The tulips still look neat, the neighbor’s lilac has just started blooming, and my lollipops, the giant alliums, are only just beginning to open up. It is a late blooming spring, everything held in check by a rigid winter. Even then, there is no stopping change. Change = Life.
Today the world around my house got out its sandals and cotton dresses, and walked in front of cars while texting. There was no lead-up to today, it just showed up hot and bubble-headed. The tulips will not look this nice in another 24 hours, and every crabapple tree for miles around will spew its fragrant pollen directly into our faces. The flora and fauna of a late spring have been polite and penned up for far too long.
It is not good to restrict essential nature, either the physical or spiritual. A root-bound greenhouse plant grows pale and spindly, prone to disease. The environment designed to nurture and protect it ends up killing it. Nature, though, encourages hybrids and cross-pollination, creating change that fits with all the other changes around us. If we would keep what is best in us we need to adapt, and let go of what holds us back.
Once we get past that bubble-headed phase we are very good at staying rooted, recreating the same old greenhouse ways of doing things even if they are killing us. Illness and discontent set in, our nature screams “MOVE ME! MAKE A CHANGE! NOW!” Or else we’ll be that guy who just drove by in a black convertible while looking back over his shoulder at Cotton Dress and ends up getting broadsided by a cement truck. Yeah, that guy.
Everywhere the late-bloomers know that time’s a-wastin’ and they are asserting their right to thrive and flourish, as they should. Fertile ground, a little sun and rain, and it’s thankyouverymuch a brand new day, a brand new life, and a lovely bunch of ideas tripping along the breeze. Sometimes the forces of nature can hold you back, with bone-chilling economy. But it isn’t always winter. To be alive is to change into what you ought to be.